Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pretty Paper Covered Letters for Baby P!

I've never used Mod Podge before. How is that possible you ask? I have no idea. I am now in LOVE.  I'm also in LOVE with paper. There are so many beautiful papers out there! I could spend hours looking at paper and dreaming up places to use it.  After creating the letters below for my baby daughter's room, I now want to cover anything and everything using Mod Podge and a fantastic looking paper.

Picture frames, trays, more words...you name it, I want to Mod Podge it!

Anyway, I know that covering letters with paper is not something new, but I wanted to show you how it turned out and offer a couple of tips to what worked for me.

This is what I started with (everything came from JoAnn's):

I sanded the edges of the letters down and then painted them an off-white color.

Then, I traced the letters backwards onto the back side of the paper. (Did I mention that I'm obsessed with paper? I love this paper! I see more things covered in this paper in the future!)  One side note on tracing, since I painted the letters white, the pencil marks showed on the side of the letter. I erased them all, but next time I think I'll trace BEFORE painting.

Next, I cut out the paper letters and used the Mod Podge to adhere them to the wood letters.  I think I could've used a bit more glue. And I got impatient and put a top coat of Mod Podge before they were completely dry. Not a good idea! The paper will bubble up. (I was able to "fix" it enough that you can't really see any bubbles by smoothing them out before the top coat dried.)

Here is the finished product:

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! We are currently in a rental so everything is builder beige. This adds a nice pop of color to her room. 

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